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Heaven & Earth (1993)

During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles with life hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Le Ly Hayslip (book), Jay Wurts (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haing S. Ngor ... Papa
Bussaro Sanruck Bussaro Sanruck ... Le Ly - Age 5
Supak Pititam Supak Pititam ... Buddhist Monk
Joan Chen ... Mama
Thuan K. Nguyen Thuan K. Nguyen ... Uncle Luc
Hiep Thi Le ... Le Ly
Lan Nguyen Calderon Lan Nguyen Calderon ... Ba
Thuan Le Thuan Le ... Kim
Dustin Nguyen ... Sau
Mai Le Ho ... Hai
Vinh Dang Vinh Dang ... Bon
Khiem Thai Khiem Thai ... Brother In Law
Liem Whatley ... Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le Michelle Vynh Le ... Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Rapist
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Storyline

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

From Vietnam to America, one woman's journey from hope, to love, to discovery. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo y la tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 25 December 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,864,949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcor Films,Canal+,Ixtlan See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Vietnamese government wouldn't allow Oliver Stone to film on location due to the script's unflattering depiction of the Viet Cong. See more »

Goofs

When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that him and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »

Quotes

Steve Butler: [motioning the helicopter] Get the fuck outta here!
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Features Tomorrow Coast to Coast (1973) See more »

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Japanese Drums
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Courtesy of Geffen Records
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An underrated film
18 July 2003 | by kiki-13See all my reviews

Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth" is a fantastic film that shows what the effects of war are on the human spirt. Now, more than ever this film is very poignant. The movie is based upon two of Lelay Hayslip's memoirs which chronicle her growing up in Vietnam and the effects of war upon her, her family and her country. It was fascinating and at times very difficult to watch. I couldn't help but thank God that as Americans we have not had to experience what the Vietnamese went through. The view of war that Stone portrays is very humanistic. One line in the film was especially riveting.... "Rebuilding a country after war is like having a family thru rape". We see how the war throws apart Lelay's family. If you haven't seen this film.. I highly recommend it!


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